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Alaska Schools

Academia in Alaska is a thriving field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the academic community in Alaska, and the future trends.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Alaska By Profession

85 85 110 118
2 1 0 0
448 466 450 471
263 284 283 305
210 221 218 214
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

In 2009 there were 1,108 higher education faculty at the 12 colleges and universities in Alaska, where in 2006 there were 1,008.

Thus, there has been a 10% increase in the number of collegiate level faculty in the state.

Average faculty salaries in Alaska

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

Higher education faculty in Alaska earn $69,307 per year on average. This is more than salaries made by faculty in other parts of the US, which average $57,293 per year. And male faculty in Alaska earn more than female faculty by 23%.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Alaska

No data at this time.

Of the 1,095 college faculty in Alaska, 41% are tenured. Another 27% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Alaska by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. Alaska Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 3.77% 2.51% 6.28%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Alaska
  • Light Blue: National

The number of part-time faculty has grown in Alaska by 4% between the years 2006 and 2009. And the number of full-time faculty has also grown by 4%. This data shows that in Alaska, working full-time in academia is becoming more common.

National Vs. Alaska Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 2.11% 4.22% 3.61%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Alaska
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Alaska

No data at this time.

And 9% of part-time faculty in Alaska belonged to an ethnic or racial minority in 2009. In the same year, 11% of the state's full-time faculty were from an ethnic or racial minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in Alaska

No data at this time.

National Vs. Alaska Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 6.99% 9.17% 11.79%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Alaska
  • Yellow: National

Between the years 2006 and 2009, Alaska's minority faculty has seen a 20% increase. The state statistics are consistent with national statistics. In 2006, there were 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally, of which 134,815 were from a minority background. And in 2009, there were 855,625 faculty working around the nation, of which 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at Alaska by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at Alaska by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. Alaska Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 2.8% 2.06% 3.29%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Alaska
  • Light Blue: National

The percentage of women working in academia in Alaska has also increased over the past few years. National trends are consistent with this. On a national level, the number of women faculty at institutions of higher learning has increased by 9% between the years 2006 and 2009.

National Vs. Alaska Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 3.18% 4.6% 6.77%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Alaska
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Alaska Faculty employment by Gender

National Alaska
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 44%
Women 56%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Alaska


As the number of higher education faculty in Alaska has grown, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has also increased.

There are currently 30,187 undergraduate students in the state and 2,750 graduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Alaska

923 879 900 963 1118
1467 1432 1458 1523 1533
17 20 20 27 33
539 643 668 558 634
917 999 1032 1095 844
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Alaska


In Alaska, 1,305 students graduated from institutions of higher learning in 2009. Approximately 16% of these students graduated from masters and doctoral degree programs. Another 37% graduated from bachelors-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Alaska


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the colleges and universities in Alaska.

Retention rates in Alaska

Returning Students 69%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

It is interesting to note that for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs in Alaska, only 69 students return to school the following year and 39 eventually graduate. National trends are consistent with this. At a national level, schools have an average retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Alaska

Graduation Students 39%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Alaska Students By Gender

National Alaska
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 39%
Women 61%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

The student population in Alaska is diverse. Of the 32,937 students studying in the state's colleges and universities, 61% are female, and 27% identify themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority. These numbers are consistent with national statistics. Approximately 58% of the national student population is female and 28% are from racial or ethnic minority backgrounds.

National Vs. Alaska Students Minorities

National Alaska
Minorities 29%
Minorities 27%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Alaska

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  1. Alaska Teaching Schools17,251 Employed
  2. Alaska Business Schools16,618 Employed
  3. Alaska Engineering Schools14,522 Employed
  4. Alaska Biology Schools7,512 Employed
  5. Alaska Management Schools6,928 Employed
  6. Alaska Information Systems Schools5,743 Employed
  7. Alaska Business Administration Schools5,423 Employed
  8. Alaska Liberal Arts Schools5,037 Employed
  9. Alaska English Schools4,859 Employed
  10. Alaska Early Childhood Education Schools4,859 Employed
  11. Alaska Fire Science Schools4,217 Employed
  12. Alaska Physics Schools4,196 Employed
  13. Alaska Psychology Schools4,022 Employed
  14. Alaska Chemistry Schools3,826 Employed
  15. Alaska Educational Leadership Schools3,728 Employed
  16. Alaska Computer Networking Schools3,185 Employed
  17. Alaska Counseling Schools3,163 Employed
  18. Alaska Civil Engineering Schools3,065 Employed
  19. Alaska Music Schools3,065 Employed
  20. Alaska Math Schools2,946 Employed
  21. Alaska Accounting Schools2,930 Employed
  22. Alaska Criminal Justice Schools2,734 Employed
  23. Alaska Social Work Schools2,674 Employed
  24. Alaska Public Administration Schools2,576 Employed
  25. Alaska MBA Schools2,401 Employed
  26. Alaska Nursing Schools2,304 Employed
  27. Alaska Elementary Education Schools2,283 Employed
  28. Alaska Special Education Schools2,227 Employed
  29. Alaska Art Schools2,223 Employed
  30. Alaska Public Health Schools2,185 Employed
  31. Alaska Political Science Schools2,185 Employed
  32. Alaska Information Technology Schools2,164 Employed
  33. Alaska Construction Management Schools2,011 Employed
  34. Alaska Human Services Schools2,011 Employed
  35. Alaska Hospitality Schools1,988 Employed
  36. Alaska Culinary Schools1,968 Employed
  37. Alaska Journalism Schools1,955 Employed
  38. Alaska History Schools1,913 Employed
  39. Alaska Creative Writing Schools1,913 Employed
  40. Alaska Dental Hygienist Schools1,913 Employed
  41. Alaska Sociology Schools1,913 Employed
  42. Alaska Computer Engineering Schools1,913 Employed
  43. Alaska Law Schools1,854 Employed
  44. Alaska Finance Schools1,348 Employed
  45. Alaska Business Management Schools1,326 Employed
  46. Alaska International Business Schools1,250 Employed
  47. Alaska Drafting Schools1,212 Employed
  48. Alaska Property Management Schools1,207 Employed
  49. Alaska Design Schools1,207 Employed
  50. Alaska Mental Health Schools1,152 Employed
  51. Alaska Computer Programming Schools1,152 Employed
  52. Alaska Nutrition Schools1,152 Employed
  53. Alaska Radiology Technology Schools1,152 Employed
  54. Alaska Marketing Schools1,152 Employed
  55. Alaska X Ray Technician Schools1,152 Employed
  56. Alaska Architecture Schools1,152 Employed
  57. Alaska Supply Chain Management Schools1,152 Employed
  58. Alaska BSN Schools1,152 Employed
  59. Alaska Forensic Nursing Schools1,152 Employed
  60. Alaska Clinical Psychology Schools1,152 Employed
  61. Alaska RN to BSN Schools1,152 Employed
  62. Alaska Carpentry Schools1,071 Employed
  63. Alaska Paralegal Schools1,033 Employed
  64. Alaska Veterinary Schools761 Employed
  65. Alaska Communications Schools761 Employed
  66. Alaska Computer Science Schools761 Employed
  67. Alaska Mechanical Engineering Schools761 Employed
  68. Alaska Health Information Management Schools272 Employed
  69. Alaska Healthcare Management Schools272 Employed
  70. Alaska Medical Coding Schools118 Employed
  71. Alaska Small Business Schools98 Employed
  72. Alaska Healthcare Administration Schools98 Employed
  73. Alaska Visual Communications Schools55 Employed
  74. Alaska Health Science Schools38 Employed
  75. Alaska Theology Schools3 Employed

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